Enjoy your day!
We wanted to take the opportunity on this day of thanks to say a heartfelt “thank you” to all of our readers, sponsors, friends, and family. Your support means the world to us and without you we couldn’t do what we do!
Wishing you a wonderful holiday—
The Gang at EcoVelo
After many years of being against the law to ride on the K Street Mall, the Sacramento City Council voted unanimously to rescind the prohibition. Near the beginning of the new year, the signs will change to indicate that bicycle traffic is allowable in the center part of K Street Mall (between the yellow tiles) from 13th and 7th Streets. The “tunnel” section between 4th and 2nd Streets will also be open. Bicyclists will always be required to yield to pedestrians, and not ride on the sidewalks, which, in the case of K Street Mall, is the area between the the building walls and the row of trees.
Violet Crown Cycles recently built their first bike outfitted with a Carbon Belt Drive system. The bike was a custom ordered Ma Ferguson step through city bike. The Carbon Drive upgrade is now available for a $200 up charge on all Ferguson models.
This shot is of Betsy and I in Austin Texas, July 2009. We are riding on the Bike and Hike trail that is in downtown Austin and runs along Lady Bird Lake [Town Lake]. The trail is a hard pack crushed stone surface, that makes about a 14 mile loop. The temperature was about 104 the week that we were there! We are riding our “suit case” bikes I built for traveling.
The photo was taken while I was riding as part of the 2009 4K For Cancer Team, a group of young people riding across the United States to spread awareness, raise funds, and foster hope in the fight against cancer. As we rode west along a desolate road in Utah, this pre-WWII Ford appeared on the horizon and I was struck by the contrast between the decades-old gasoline powered machine and our brand new human powered vehicles. If you look closely, you can see the driver giving a cheerful hello for the camera!
The week before this picture was taken, it was absolutely freezing here in Michigan. With one last gasp of summer, the warm weather came roaring back for a day so it was off to our local trail for and end of season joyride. It was amazing to see just how many people were out with the same mentality and the trail was filled with bikers, skateboarders, runners, rollerbladers, and power walkers also enjoying the weather. This spot was one of the few places where the trail calmed down a bit for a pic.